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In the early 60s, I drove a Morris Traveller (Letters, passim) laden with three friends and a month’s worth of camping gear to Yugoslavia. We stalled on a 1:2.5 gradient up the Julian Alps from Villach in Austria to the border. We set about unloading all my passengers and possibly the luggage with a view to them humping everything to the pass. Fortunately, an Austrian army jeep came swooping down, swung round and threw out a tow rope, and dragged us up to the top. Angels! We then rolled down cheerfully into Slovenia.
• For the year 6 pupils who were given too much help in their Sats at a Harris academy (Academy pupils ‘over-aided’ in exams stripped of their results, 9 August), the DfE says that annulling the papers “would not affect the pupils as the school can provide teaching assessment data to show their progress”. As this can be done for all pupils anyway, what exactly is the point of the Sats?